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January 1, 2014

So here we are in the new year.  So far, I've gotten a few things done despite it being -- yeah -- cold.

I've started work on Octavian of Keris Station, a new sf novel that's a bit different for me.  Not a space opera, but the story of Octavian, who grew up in odd circumstances and is now back with relatives -- and is going to not do all that well in some ways, but very well in others.  Once he meets his aunt who is a high placed official, life is going to change.

It should be interesting to write, but at the moment it's still moving slowly.

Other than that -- things are going well enough.  I'm looking forward to getting a good start on this year and approach it with perhaps a little more professionalism.

January 2, 2014

The new novel is going okay, really.  I keep getting my POV messed up -- doing first when I want third -- but other than that, it's going well.

I was not feeling well today, though.  Really not well at all.  I hope this clears up soon!

January 3, 2014

It warmed up enough today that the hot water is working in the kitchen sink again.

It's not going to last.  Sunday, the HIGH is going to be 0.

This is just the oddest, coldest winter stuff I think I've ever seen.  At least we have a little snow on the ground so it looks better, but that's the most I can say for it.

Also not feeling great and having a hard time writing.  This is annoying.

January 4, 2014

The writing is going well.  I'm surprised.  I thought I would have trouble off the start of this year since I wasn't really as directed as I like to be.  However, it's going well.  Two novels going, one a rewrite/edit and one new.  I'm having fun with both.

But I hate this weather.

January 5, 2014

My brain is frozen. 

I still wrote over 3k.

But still . . . I hate this weather.

January 6, 2014

Whoever thought this would be fun weather should get a grip now.  Odin?  Dagon?  I'm ready for some nice, relatively warm stuff.  Doesn't have to be more than the 30's.  I'll be content with that stuff.

Writing is going okay.  Bunny Hopper is a lot of fun to rewrite.  Octavian is interesting at about 500 words a day.

Just have to survive the cold to keep the brain working.

I can do this.

January 7, 2014

It's supposed to start warming up now, which would be great.  Wow, what lousy, cold weather.  I'm already tired of winter, and usually I'm pretty okay with it.  If we would get a nice snow, that might help.  But this cold on top of cold is just annoying.

Writing is fine.  Writing is even going well, which surprises me given the mood I've been in.

But all is well, really.

January 8, 2014

At about a quarter to six I got up with the feeling something was wrong. And I was right. I had a small river flowing under the kitchen sink. The pipe had broken.

My cell phone is not working.

So, I start dropping emails to Russ at work. A few minutes later he comes on line. We go through stuff and realize there is no way I can get the water turned off. I can tell there is some water in the kitchen, but most of it appears to be going right back down where the pipe comes in and under the house. Since it's not heading for the dining room, we don't panic. He's heading back home. He also calls the city to come and turn the water off at the street.

They can't find the turn off. In the meantime it's gotten light enough to see that the water isn't flowing into the dining room because it's going down the hall as well as into the library. I start throwing things down to soak up everything I can.

By the time Russ gets home, they still haven't found the turn off. (They never did -- apparently it had been broken off, and now they're going to dig stuff up to put a new one in.) Russ is able to get into the little hole under the house and turn the water off to the entire place. I crawl into bed to sleep. He goes next door to do some work for the place in Omaha and let things drip and dry a bit.

Eventually he is able to get the pipe fixed and the water back on, only to find that there is another huge leak in another spot. Russ eventually gets a set of turnoffs just to the sink to work (he'd tried earlier and couldn't get them to budge.). So the water is off to the sink but not the rest of the house. Things are soaked. The library came out of it without a lot of trouble because I'd thrown towels and sheets and stuff down to catch and block more water. Since I was crawling around on the floor the wet water, trying to get the pipe fixed (it had popped out, not actually broken) or trying to get some tubing to run the water up into the sink and drain that way -- well, let's say that I'm stiff, sore and sniffy.

January 9, 2014

Not a huge surprise, but my back is out big time.  I can barely move today.  Ugh.  Sitting here getting writing done, though.  Yay for that.  I want to get Bunny Hopper done quickly so I have time to go over it again.  I'm happy now, though.

And that's it.  I'm in too much pain to do much of anything else.

Weather is better, though.

January 10, 2014

Nice weather.

Very bad back.

I can barely move from one room to another, even with a cane.  This is miserable.

January 11, 2014

Still having good weather and very bad back problems.  I hope this clears up soon.

I am doing well on the books.  I've been writing 500 words a day on Octavian and about 2.5k a day on Bunny.  The original draft for Bunny needed a lot of cutting and I'm far happier with the new version.

I can sit and type, though after a while even that hurts. Walking is very, very hard.

Gah.

January 12, 2014

A bit less trouble with the back today.  This is giving me hope.  I need this to clear up so I can get the house picked up again.  Didn't realize what a mess until today!  I picked up a couple things, but it wasn't pleasant.

Other than that -- write, edit, rewrite, edit write.  That's my life.  Not bad, really.

January 13, 2014

The back is a bit better.  I have to say that the last few weeks, from the fall before Christmas until now, has not been the most pleasant times for me.  It does show that I can write through pretty much everything, though.

Other stuff?  Bunny and Octavian are both moving along just fine.  Doing 500 words a day on Octavian until I get the other book done.  It's working very well.

I am plainly having a boring start to the year, though.  Hope things get better soon.

January 14, 2014

This is a day where nothing seems to be falling right.  Not horrible, but I am having trouble getting stuff done.  I need to find something to get me fired up and moving again.  Also need the back to do the last bit of recovery.

It got colder today, so that's probably part of it.  Not horribly cold, but enough so that I feel it.  I think it's slowed my brain down a bit.

I need to be able to get moving again soon.  House clean.  Do stuff.  This is starting to drive me nuts.

January 15, 2014

Okay, you want weird weather?  It was in the teens and twenties all day.  it's now 2:19 am (Jan 16) and the temp is 43f.

Yeah, this is just getting odd.

The Bunny book is over 30k.  I think it's going to top out at about 50 to 55k.  And I love it. She's a fun character.  I think Octavian is about to really take off, too, which is good.

I am working at copying articles into the new version of Vision.  Yay!  If I can keep my focus on this, I can get these done in a relatively short time.  It's a bit more work than doing the picture catalogue, but not that bad.

And that's it.  Time to head to bed and read a bit.

January 16, 2014

Still managing to write about 3k a day steadily.  This is good.  I usually jump up and down, but I am getting at least 3k plus some every day so far this month.  I would like my writing to be this steady and focused, but I fear once I'm out of Bunny Hopper, I'm going to be floundering for a while.

I am hoping to keep steady, though, through winter and into spring.  Spring could be my downfall if I get the urge to do a lot of pictures.  Go places.  See things again.  It's dangerous!

January 17, 2014

The weather is just too weird.  That's all.  I don't think we're going to have any snow, though.  That's not good again.  We need snow because we are in a drought and if we don't start getting some ground water replenished, it's going to be bad for crops.

There's always some problem isn't there?  Too bad they can't be so easily fixed as they can in books.  Yeah, we put our characters through hell, but they often do find the answer.  A shame we can't do the same.

I guess I'll just go live in my books for awhile.

January 18, 2014

We've had very windy days lately. Then no wind.  Then windy again.  Cold.  Very cold.  Unseasonably warm. Too cold to go outside.  Too cold to get out of bed.

This is just a weird winter.

I appreciate the not so cold days, though.  It's nice to be able to sit at my desk and feel comfortable.  it's 18f out tonight, which is not bad at all.  I'm comfy here at 65f at my desk.

There is a good part of really cold weather, though.  The cats all go curl up somewhere else and give me a full desk and room to work.

Tonight is not one of those nights.  I'm trying to see the screen through kitty tails.  Sometimes it is funny.

January 19, 2014

It got up to 65f today!  A record high!  Wow!  Unfortunately, Russ had to work all day and we didn't get out at all, but still -- warmth!  Which is good since one of my good heaters as well and truly died.

Nice stuff though.  And it helped me get stuff done around the house.

January 20, 2014

It snowed today.  Is that just too weird?  65f one day, snow the next and now we're heading into cold again.  I don't know.  There ought to be some sense to this, but I'm starting to think that's never going to happen.  This is just going to be a very odd winter.

Not much snow, by the way.  Didn't even cover the ground -- but it was very windy and cold.  Almost like real winter for a little while there.

January 21, 2014

And now we're just back to cold and I'm miserably ill.  I hope this clears up fast.

Still trying to hold on to my writing, though.  And having trouble deciding on other things.  Just not enough of a brain left to deal with stuff right now. 

January 22, 2014

Okay, moving along with this novel.  I'm getting very close to being done and I have a good feeling about it.  I will be holding Bunny Hopper until my birthday in March, though.  That seems like the best idea.

But now I'll need a new story for February.  Hmmm.  This might not be as good an idea as I thought.

January 23, 2014

I don't ever remember seeing such changeable weather in winter.  Or any other time, for that matter.  But this up and down stuff is driving me nuts.  One of my heaters has died.  This is not helping me or my mood.

Warmer?  Colder?  Wait a couple hours.  It'll change.  And usually not for the better.

What a weird winter.

January 24, 2014

Down to the last of Bunny.  I really didn't think I would have the novel done this quickly.  I'm amazed.  It will still need a final edit and reading, but overall, it's looking very good.  I think people will like the character.  There is a lot of fun stuff with the world building, too.

I'll be happy to be done with this rewrite, though it went VERY well, retying the entire story from scratch.  I need to do this with a couple others, I think.  I have been cutting considerable pieces of story that were not needed, and it's going to be better for it.

January 25, 2014

New heater today.  Yay.  That's going to help a lot!  Other stuff?  Really, really close to being done with the novel.

I'm trying to figure out a good photography project, too. I need to come up with new things for pictures because I think the cats are getting very tired of cameras in their faces. (grin)

We'll see what I can come up with!

January 26, 2014

The novel is done!  Well, at least this editing is done.  The last stuff won't take long and Beware the Wrath of Bunny Hopper will be read well ahead of my birthday.

I think I've made decisions about other stuff, too.  Upcoming books, next edits, life the universe and everything.

I got three 5 star reviews today.  I've sold 3 sets of the 2YN books in the last few days.

Things are not looking to bad at all.  Except for the weather.  1f and a -21 wind chill.  Yesterday we had really strange weather.  20's for most of the day, and then at about 1 am it shot up into the 50's.

This winter just keeps getting more and more strange.

January 27, 2014

Today I began work on the rewrite of the next novel, In the Service of the Queen.  This one is going to be a bit harder to do and is considerably longer as well.  I think though, that this should work out well.  I doubt I'll have it done for February, though.  I'll likely have to come up with a short piece for that month.

It's cold again.  What a shock.  It will be cold tomorrow and then once again we get a leap well above freezing.  This is just too odd.

January 28, 2014

This month went very fast, despite it being so annoying.  I'm still trying to get things done, of course.  This done, that done -- does it matter in the long run?  I don't think so.

But still, I have things I like to do and keep up on.  Writing is going well.  Octavian is an odd story, but that's okay.  I'm kind of experimenting with that one.

Just hoping to get through everything.  Spring is only a couple months away now, right?

Ugh.

January 29, 2014

Okay, I admit it.  I'm having trouble focusing on things again.  I bounce off stuff.  I can make myself write, but it's not always as much fun as it should be.  I think I would like to get into some art stuff again, and I never seem to get that far. 

I need to figure out what the problem is.

January 30, 2014

Oh, good.  Only one more day to the month.  Am I going to get everything done in time?

I kind of think not.  Does it matter?

No, really it doesn't.  The only work I have to really worry about is the newsletter and I don't have all the stuff for it yet.

So. . . . I'll just work away here and see what I get.

January 31, 2014

Okay.  Maybe the problem is that I'm just tired of looking at the same stuff.  My world is down to a small little square of the house.  I need to get out and see things again.  Go do bird pictures.  Go do photography of places.

The problem is the car is once again not working so we aren't going anywhere.  I think I'm just getting snarly about not having new inspiration.  Everything happens at the computer and at best I could go over to Russ's house and watch TV or read -- but that's no different than what I could do here.

Well, it's the end of the month.  Spring isn't too far away. Flowers and stuff.  That will be good.